In elegant and vivid prose, this deeply informed book offers a powerful synthesis of the ways men and women worked in early modern France. Distinguished historian James R. Farr shows how the shifting and often contradictory forces of a market economy shaped ideas about labor. Presenting a unified and compelling argument about the role of labor in society, Farr addresses a complex set of questions and succeeds masterfully at answering them. With its stylish writing and clear themes, this book will find a broad audience among students and scholars of early modern Europe, French history, economics, gender studies, anthropology, and labor studies.
James R. Farr is professor of history at Purdue University.
Introduction Chapter 1: Peasants Chapter 2: The Menu Peuple (The "Lesser Folk") Chapter 3: Artisans Chapter 4: Merchants, Large and Small Chapter 5: The Professions: Medical Practitioners, Men of the Law, and Government Officials Conclusion